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Table 3 Criteria for rigorous quantitative paleoparasitological analyses aiming at a quantitative approach in coprolite studiesquantitative approach in coprolite studies

From: Recovering parasites from mummies and coprolites: an epidemiological approach

Sampling Processing
Population size estimation per site Diversification The Callen method with Lycopodium spore quantification has been proven to be the best method for measuring eggs per gram
Number of rooms; corroborative archaeology;
number of burials;
number of documented dentitions [37];
modern prevalence studies or previous prevalence observations in the same site
Provenience
Mummies Coprolites from latrines
Sample as many individuals as possible Use archaeological strata (grid squares and levels) to devise a diverse sample